NHL: 10 Fan Bases That Want Their Team's Coach Fired Immediately

Charlie WeinmanContributor IIIMay 10, 2011

NHL: 10 Fan Bases That Want Their Team's Coach Fired Immediately

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    Hockey fans are some of the most passionate fans in sports. They love watching their team win and succeed.

    However, when their team is losing and struggling, hockey fans get aggravated and immediately look at the head coach as the problem. 

    Here are 10 franchises whose fans would love to see their current coaches kicked to the curb.

Toronto Maple Leafs

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    The Maple Leafs have been coached by Ron Wilson since 2008. 

    With Wilson behind the bench for Toronto, the Leafs have never finished above fourth place in the Northeast Division.

    Wilson has a losing coaching record of 101-107-38 after three seasons with Toronto.

    The Maple Leafs have not qualified for the postseason since 2003. Toronto, the franchise with the second most Stanley Cups (13) in the history of the NHL, may need to make a coaching change if they want to get back to their winning ways.

Edmonton Oilers

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    This season, the Edmonton Oilers posted one of the worst records in the history of the league. Edmonton finished 25-45-12, ending with the league-worst 62 points.

    The Oilers and their fans may not have expected such a disaster campaign when they hired Tom Renney prior to the start of the season.

    Edmonton fans, some of the most passionate fans in the NHL, will not be patient with Renney.

    After a horrible first season with the team, it may be a one-and-done season for Tom Renney.

Washington Capitals

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    Bruce Boudreau has been behind Washington's bench since 2007. With four seasons under his belt, Boudreau has finished in first place in the Souteast Conference every single season. 

    Boudreau has great success in the regular season. So why would there need to be a change?

    Boudreau, and his team, simply do not win in the postseason. In 2008, he was beat in seven games by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round. The next season, he made it to round two, but he fell in seven games to the Pittsburgh Penguins. In the first round of the 2010 playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens beat Boudreau in seven games. This season, he and his team were swept by Tampa Bay in the second round.

    Washington fans might love Boudreau in the regular season, but it can get very irritating supporting a team that dominates in the season but then flops in the playoffs.

    How much longer will the Capitals' front office put up with Boudreau and his continuous postseason disappointments. 

Minnesota Wild

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    This season was Todd Richards second season as the head coach for the Minnesota Wild.

    This season was an improvement from last season, but still, the Wild missed out on the playoffs for the third consecutive season. 

    This season, Richards and the Wild went 39-35-8 and finished third in the Northwest Division. They missed the postseason by 11 points. 

    The people of the fine state of Minnesota love their hockey and will show up to games no matter what. But I am sure they will like it a little more if the Wild can get back to the postseason.

    Todd Richards: FIRED. 

    Minnesota fired Richards, as they move on trying to find someone who can lead them to the playoffs.

New York Islanders

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    This was Jack Capuano's first season as the head coach for the New York Islanders, it may have have been his last.

    If it weren't for the horrible Florida Panthers, the Islanders would be the worst team in the Eastern Conference. Capuano's record has the Islanders was 26-29-10.

    The Islanders fans couldn't bear to watch their team. A change is necessary. Sorry, Jack.

Dallas Stars

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    This season was Marc Crawford's second season as the head coach for the Dallas Stars.

    His second season seemed a lot like his first. Finishing last in the Pacific Division and barely missing out on the postseason. 

    During his two years in Dallas, Crawford posted a record of 79-60-25.

    Stars fans love their hockey and it may be time for a major change in Big D.

    With the possibility of losing Brad Richards and Jamie Langenbrunner to free agency, the Stars front office may also let Crawford go.

Columbus Blue Jackets

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    This was Scott Arniel's first season as the head coach of the Blue Jackets. 

    He finished the year one game below .500 and fourth in the tough Central Division.

    In there 10 seasons the Blue Jackets have been in Columbus, the Blue Jackets have made the playoffs once. They were swept by the Detroit Red Wings.

    Fans get very aggravated when their teams do not win in the playoffs, in Columbus' case, they have only experienced this once.

Carolina Hurricanes

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    This has been the second consecutive season the Carolina Hurricanes have been golfing instead of playing in the playoffs.

    The fans in Raleigh are not happy about that. Who else to point fingers at than head coach Paul Maurice?

    Maurice and the Canes finished with a winning record but ended up in third place in the Southeast Division.

    Carolina fans want their team back in the postseason, but for this to happen, the front office may have to part ways with Paul Maurice.

Nashville Predators

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    Barry Trotz has been the coach of the Nashville Predators since 1998, the year they entered the NHL.

    This season, he finished second in the Central Division and snagged the five seed in the Western Conference Playoffs.

    In his 12 year coaching career, Trotz has coached a team into the postseason six times. This season's team has been Trotz's first to ever advance from the first round.

    Again, Trotz and the Predators could not make it to the finals. Will the fans of Nashville be ready to move on from the Trotz era?

Calgary Flames

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    This was Brent Sutter's second season as the head coach of the Calgary Flames.

    Just like in his first season, the 2010-11 Flames did not qualify for the playoffs and were sent home early.

    Flames fans are some of the most passionate fans in all of hockey. After two years of not making the playoffs, I'm sure the fans are ready for a change.